It has been in the news recently that striker Alexander Pato may make a summer move from AC Milan. A spate of injuries this season have given him little action for the team.
Moreover, the inconsistent form of Milan has sparked speculation that Pato might consider lucrative offers in the summer.
Chelsea, who had made a failed bid for the highly-rated Pato the previous summer, is making plans to launch an ambitious bid of over £45million this summer to secure the signing of the Brazilian "Wonderkid."
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who had previously coached the 20-year-old striker while in charge at AC Milan, is a long-time admirer of Pato.
Alex the "Duck," as Pato is lovingly called, is known for his quick pace, skillful dribbling, and powerful shot. He is regarded as one of the most promising young prospects of world football along the same lines as Messi or Bojan.
Unfortunately, a long run of injuries has caused his form and fame to dip considerably, despite his 14 goals for Milan this season.
Pato is reportedly upset over Milan's poor performance this season. Although the Milan outfit is only three points behind league leaders Inter, it is doubtful that they could win Serie A.
Pato is also seeking a pay hike, which looks unlikely given the cash-strapped condition of the San Siro giants.
Chelsea is looking to invest nearly £100million this summer on their transfer budget as the Blues aim to shake things up at The Bridge. With another of Chelsea's targets, the high scoring Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, attracting interest from other European powerhouse clubs, Pato could be signed pretty easily.
However, it will be at a much higher price as he will be looking for a lucrative offer, and Milan will be trying to cash in on their talented youngster.
Real Madrid is the only other challenger for Chelsea in their bid to sign the Brazilian. But Chelsea has an advantage due to Ancelotti's close ties with Pato, and also the prospect of a long-term future for Pato at Chelsea, unlike in Madrid.
Pato can also expect more playing time at Chelsea as the Blues look to replace their old legs with some fresh ones.
Pato can effectively adapt himself to Chelsea's style of play—he has great speed, impressive skills, and a powerful shot that will only improve.
Chelsea's attacking options are an advantageous factor as well. With Anelka's erratic performance this season, Pato could team up with Drogba to form one of the most deadly attacking combinations in the Premier League. Drogba's physical strength combined with Pato's pace and skill can terrorize any defense.
Pato is also said to be disappointed with his agent Gilmar Veloz, and he may well get rid of his services. Mino Riaola, the agent of Lucrative Bargains, who enabled the high profile transfer of Ibrahimovich last summer, may be recruited by Pato to secure a lucrative deal in the summer.
While it remains to be seen whether Pato makes a move or not, the prospect of signing this talented youngster is reason enough for Blues fans to be happy.
Whether Pato moves to the Bernabeau or Stamford Bridge, only the summer will decide that.
Although, regardless, it looks likely that this summer is going to be a lot hotter in the transfer market compared to the previous few years.